Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Keeping the Threads Together

Back in 2012 I noted that one of Jenna Mills' goals on Desperately Seeking Surnames for 2012 was "Post more comments to other bloggers on their blog itself not on Twitter, Facebook or Google+".

In the intervening ten years it seems that genies post even fewer comments on my posts than they did in 2012. Perhaps what I write isn't worthwhile, people don't actually read my posts but comment anyway or maybe they find it easier to comment on other social media platforms. Maybe I am just old-fashioned and need to move with and appreciate current trends.

While I appreciate the comments made on other social media channels I believe that this practice dilutes the value of the interactive element of the blogging platform. I am often heard to say that Blogging is a two way street  and I feel that blog post comments should be made on the street where the post resides not on some other social media thoroughfare like Twitter or Facebook.


By keeping the threads together in the comments area of a blog post the initial post can be enriched by a compilation of comments that build on each other to add value and opinions.  With all comments  neatly stored together various opinions can be explored in one space. Those comments made outside the blogging platform may just be loose threads that do not add value to the original post.

I'd love to know what you think on this topic.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Laying the bait at FindaGrave

In her presentation at the winter edition of THE Genealogy Show I was convinced by Marian Burk Wood to use FindaGrave as cousin bait.  I had mentioned FindaGrave as a source of cousin bait in my presentation at that event but I hadn't fully explored the opportunities it could provide to reel in cousins. I'm not going to spill the beans on what Marian said; you'll have to find her presentation somewhere or invite her to talk to your group.

Prior to this I had only dabbled in FindaGrave managing my parents' memorials and adding a few odd facts to other memorials. I had previously uploaded all grave photos to BillionGraves and not to FindaGrave; I have reviewed that practice. Depending on time constraints I usually take photos of some neighbouring headstones when visiting family plots.

Since being enlightened by Marian I am adding information and photographs to close relatives' profiles and adding profiles for those missing from the FindaGrave database. Thanks to Marian for her informative presentation and to those volunteers who have willingly handed over management of family memorials to me. 

I am not trying to build up a huge collection of memorials to manage; I have no time for that.  I just want to care for memorials of close family members especially those aunts and uncles with no issue.  

I will continue to add value to the memorials of cousins I encounter in my meandering on the site. I'm now leaving plenty of footprints for others to find.

I had fun linking up my Dad's parents and siblings

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Visiting the parents

We were in Sydney yesterday and in the vicinity of Botany Cemetery (now called Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park) so we popped into see Mum and Dad. 

It didn't take long for us to find their plot as I was able to access the details from my website on my phone. With the mausoleums on the opposite of the road off which the lawn plots and the clear sign of Section 41 we were able to find plot 51 with ease.

Although very spongy to walk on it was pleasing to see the lawn surrounding the graves mown and weed free. Because of Covid we haven't visited the cemetery since the new headstone I ordered  had been put in place so it was good to see that it met my expectations. 

These mausoleums are good placemarkers

Mum and Dad are along this row

The new headstone

It's a peaceful environment

Friday, January 7, 2022

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2021 - Responses

Sending a HUGE shoutout to my genimates near and far who responded to this Geneameme Challenge (it's not too late for you to join this select group of geneabloggers).

As one who hasn't yet penned her post I know how much time it takes to reflect, write, edit etc. I thank you all for your commitment and contributions which are inspiring and full of information. While Covid presented many challenges you took them head on and made stunning progress with your education and research.

Alex Daw https://familytreefrog.blogspot.com/2021/12/accentuate-positive-geneameme-2021.html

Andrew Redfern  https://andrewredfern.com/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2021/

Bobbie Edes  https://gsq-blog.gsq.org.au/accentuate-the-positive-2022/

Danielle Lautrec  https://generationsgenealogyaus.wordpress.com/2022/01/09/accentuate-the-positive/

Dara McGivern  https://blackravengenealogy.blogspot.com/2022/01/2021-in-review-accentuate-positive.html

Jennifer Jones  https://jonesfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2022/01/04/genealogy-plans-for-2022/

Lilian Magill  http://researchbylily.blogspot.com/2021/12/accentuate-positive.html

Linda Stufflebean  https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2022/01/jill-balls-accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2021/

Maggie  https://www.iwikiwi.com/2022/01/03/accentuate-the-positive-2021/

Mel Hulbert  https://www.itsallrelative.com.au/post/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2021

Robyn and the Genies  https://robynandthegenies.blogspot.com/2021/12/accentuate-positive-2021-in-review.html

Samantha John  https://lyfelynes.com/accentuate-the-positive-2021/

ScotsSue  https://scotsue-familyhistoryfun.blogspot.com/2022/01/accentuate-positive-2021-family-history.html

Sharon   http://genealogymatters2me.blogspot.com/2021/12/accentuate-positive-2022.html

Shauna Hicks  https://www.shaunahicks.com.au/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2021/

TasTeach  
https://suewyatt.edublogs.org/2021/12/28/my-positives-from-2021/

I will continue to add to this list. 

If I have missed anyone please let me know and I will rectify ASAP.


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